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The great American singer Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16, the same day my appointment as interim editor of BURNAWAY was announced. One of the first people I thought of after hearing the news of Franklin’s death was Atlanta artist Paul Stephen Benjamin, who used footage of the singer’s 1977 performance…

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Then Achilles, in tears, moved far away from his companions, and sat down on the shore, and gazed out over the wine-dark sea. (Iliad, 1. 351-353, trans. Stephen Mitchell) What color is the sea? Perhaps a silver-pewter at dawn, or a deep blue, or a warm green-blue, depending on the particular day, depth, and geographic…

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With a population of around 90,000, Asheville, North Carolina, is a large town rapidly turning into a small city. Over recent years, it has been optimistically dubbed (or self-dubbed) “Beer City,” “Craft City,” “Climate City,” “Foodtopia,” and most charmingly “the Paris of the South.” Lonely Planet and Forbes have both designated the Blue Ridge Mountain…

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Our new column “Theory Decoded” looks at art theory and aesthetics across a spectrum ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, and from the well-known to the obscure and overlooked. Each column decodes a particular theory or theorist in contemporary terms, using as little headache-inducing jargon as possible. If your first response to an artwork…

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Located in the heart of downtown, Athens’s newest space to view contemporary artwork is actually two distinct galleries, Tif Sigfrids and Howard’s. Though it’s fairly uncommon for more than one gallery to occupy the same physical space, at least in this neck of the woods, the arrangement allows for gallery owners Tif Sigfrids and Ridley…

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Poet and “Army brat” Ann Fisher-Wirth spent her childhood in Washington D.C., Germany, Pennsylvania, Japan and California, but her new collaborative book with photographer Maude Schuyler Clay gives the appearance that she was born and raised in Mississippi. Each of her 47 poems – all of which explore connections between Mississippians, the environment and home…

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Recalling the night a neighboring property in her small Midwestern hometown went up in flames, Sara Hornbacher vividly describes not a spectacle of combusting wood, dancing embers, and choking smoke, but the play of firelight on the walls of her white-washed childhood home. The firelight’s capacity to transform the domestic surface  into primal abstraction has…

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Heffernans recent book extolls the virtues of the Internet as a form of art-making. Our reviewer considers it the latest iteration of our urge towards rapture, and asks whether our cocooned online existence advances this search or just numbs us to the pain of its continued failure.

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In response to our review of “Trumped Up” at Gallery Luperca, the exhibition curator e-mailed the author, Erica Ciccarone, taking her to task on a number of points.  She thought his comments were insightful and well-stated, and suggested he publish it as a Letter to the Editor. BURNAWAY offers Robert Scobey’s letter, with his permission, as…

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